Fifth challenge in Skills Ontario’s #SkillsAtHome challenge series takes off, encourages skill development

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Ontario Construction News staff writer

Skills Ontario’s has launched its fifth #SkillsAtHome social media challenge, the #SkillsBoatChallenge.

This challenge instructs participants to design, construct, and test the strength of a boat they are to build out of tin foil. Challengers’ submission posts must include a picture of their blueprint design, a picture of the total amount of coins their boat held, and a video of their boat in the water as coins are placed in.

The #SkillsBoatChallenge requires skills in design and planning, communication, creativity, and attention to detail, and is related to the fields of marine engine technology and ironworking.

“The #SkillsAtHome challenge series has been a joy to develop and share with our audiences,” says Ian Howcroft, CEO of Skills Ontario. “We’re thrilled to provide participants with opportunities to learn about skilled trades and technologies while they stay safe at home. The submissions we’ve seen come in have been incredible, and we’re excited to continue providing skill development opportunities and seeing the creative projects our participants send in!”

As the #SkillsBoatChallenge launches, the previous challenge, the #SkillsBridgeChallenge, reaches its deadline. Participants must send in submissions for the #SkillsBoatChallenge by June 8.

To participate in challenges in the #SkillsAtHome series, audiences are asked to share their submissions on Twitter. Winners are awarded prizes provided by Skills Ontario and its partners, including 3M Canada, Snap-on, Cambrian College, and CLAC.

All challenge details can be found in both official languages at skillsontario.com/skillsathome.

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